Marie L. Matthews Gallery
at the Johnson Education Center
This gallery has on exhibit works from a variety of media, inspired by the beauty of the natural world. Marie L. Matthews Gallery is located inside a circa 1900's restored barn that is also home to D&R Greenway Land Trust.
You may visit the galleries during weekdays from 10am to 5pm, except for holidays. Please call 609.924.4646 ahead of time to ensure that art exhibitions are viewable in all rooms.
The video catalog of previous art shows can be found on our YouTube channel.
Top Introductory Photo - Spirit by William Vandever, Digital archival print
Garden State Watercolor Society Signature Members Show
Gallery Walk and Talk with artist Charles McVicker
On Wednesday, July 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., Charles McVicker will give a Gallery Walk and Talk. This is a rare opportunity to absorb the artist's perspective from this celebrated exhibiting artist and former docent at the Princeton Art Museum.
Exhibiting Artists' Demonstrations
Wednesday, July 23, every hour from 10:30am til 5:00pm
Schedule listed below:
11:00am - "How to Set Up Your Floral Arrangement then Paint It" with Sheila Redford
1:00pm - "Painting Vegetables In Watercolor" with Suzanne Hunt
3:00pm - Collage demonstration with Aida Birritteri
All of the events above are free and open to the public.
"Oasis and Mirage: Disappearing Water
Oasis and Mirage: Disappearing Water is a juried art exhibit that features artistic interpretations of water to communicate the importance and beauty of water to our lives and our ecosystems. Plentiful, polluted, scarce, and inspiring.
Exhibition dates: March 31 – May 23
Reception: Friday, April 11, 5:30-7:30pm
Cynthia S Campbell
Jean Childs Buzgo
Mary Allessio Leck
Lucy Graves McVicker
Beth Parcell Evans
Linnea W. Rhodes
Denise and Edward Saldutti and Petersen
Priscilla Snow Algava
Nancy Lynn Toolan
"Wild Creatures: 40 Years Protecting Endangered Species"
As endangered species transition from reality to legend, we are reminded of the history that surrounds our endangered and extinct wildlife. A visual and educational exploration of both the spiritual beauty and harsh realities that relate to the animals we love, from the familiar to the exotic.
Exhibiting Artists: Annelies van Dommelen,
James Fiorentino, Susan Hoenig,
Tom Mills, Dallas Piotrowski, Tricia Zimic, Megan Uhaze, Lynn Varga
The Marie L. Matthews Gallery was named in honor of Marie L. Matthews, a noted Princeton artist. Marie Matthews lived a full life as an accomplished nature photographer, very active in philanthropic affairs. She raised a family and traveled widely. She graduated from the University of California-Berkeley and received a Masters Degree in Education from Goucher College. She served as a trustee of the Lymphoma Research Foundation, Corner House Foundation, and Mothers 2 Mothers Program. The generous spirit of Marie lives on in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.
Olivia Rainbow Gallery
Named by Leslie and Chris Kuenne of Princeton in memory of their daughter Olivia, a burgeoning artist who loved the outdoors, the gallery exhibits works of children and students from pre-school through high school ages. Throughout the year, changing exhibits mirror the theme of the art displayed in the Marie L. Matthews Gallery.
Co-sponsored by the Princeton Photography Club
High school juried photography exhibit
Top to bottom: 1st place winner "Snow-motion" by Rea Isaac, 2nd place winner "Winter Ghosts" by Alex Lin, 3rd place winner "First Snow" by Victoria Berzin.
Close to eighty artistic carved decoys were gifted by collector Jay Vawter of Princeton to D&R Greenway Land Trust in February 2012. This gift seeks to inspire a conservation ethic by creating appreciation for the waterfowl and bird species on display.
D&R Greenway’s work to preserve critical natural habitats – including marshes and wetlands, rivers and streams – was the impetus behind the gift.
An astute collector of high quality decoys, when Jay Vawter learned his children were not interested in inheriting his collection, he decided they would make a perfect charitable gift. He selected D&R Greenway as the recipient because: “D&R Greenway preserves lands full of these birds.”
Many of the decoys in the Vawter Collection have won awards, such as a Merganser drake that won best in show at the Ward World Championships. Lem and Steve Ward, hunters and fisherman, weren’t trained artists but developed their ability to create lifelike birds by observing birds in the marshes and waterways. In 1975, the Ward Museum opened in Salisbury, Maryland. Every decoy in the Vawter Collection was carved by an artist represented in the state-of-the-art Ward Museum.
Champions Decoy Exhibit: Best of the Best
Snowy owl by carver Bob Guge.
Photo credit: Tasha O'Neill
Kestrel by carver Greg Pedersen.
Photo credit: Tasha O'Neill
Peter Abrams and the B Home
at the Johnson Education Center
Click here for B Home information sheet
Presenting the inaugural exhibit of artist Peter Abrams' B Home at the Johnson Education Center. Peter Abrams and his crew will be assembling and demonstrating sustainable building practices in conjunction with local schools and organizations.
It's called the B Home, a hexagonal shaped structure that can have many applications, from a children's playhouse, an artist studio, to a temporary relief shelter. Its shape derives from that of honeycombs and wasps' nests.
From the B Home website:
The B Home is a conceptual modular shelter system currently being developed by Peter Abrams of Modern Metal Work LLC in partnership with EPICS of Princeton University. It represents a fast, cheap way to provide shelter and security for those in need. Unlike current approaches like tents and trailers, the B Home is also designed to support a sustainable community. It was inspired by the geometric efficiency and communal benefits of the honeycomb structure in beehives. The name has a triple meaning:
- B HOME: A plan B, an alternative home, a fall-back plan. A basic shelter for those without one.
- BE HOME: Simply a place to be, a place to rest, store modest belongings, and feel safe.
- BEE HOME: Inspired by the honey bees, whose honeycomb reminds us of the art of community and space organization.
An example of biomimicry, the B Home derives inspiration from the honeycomb of a beehive, efficiently enclosing space with a hexagonal lattice. The hexagon design provides more enclosed space in a smaller area using less materials and energy. Each unit provides a safe, comfortable and private space for individuals to sleep and store basic belongings. Together, the units form a strong, interconnected structure where utilities are efficiently shared. The B Home offers a more permanent, stable and efficient alternative to other low-cost shelter systems, as well as providing a sense of community through architecture.
Click here for directions to the Johnson Education Center
One Preservation Place
Princeton, NJ 08540
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